Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sight Word Money (2nd Grade) and My Thoughts on Sight Words

I finally posted our Sight Word Money for 2nd Grade!  We now have this product available in the Pre-Primer, Primer and 1st grade version as well!  

Sight words are such an important component to any successful reading program and when kids learn sight words they become successful and confident readers.

2nd Grade Sight Word Money

This product is also available in the following sets:
The Bundle (Pre-Primer, Primer and 1st Grade)

Do I teach sight words all day?
Goodness no!  Kids can't learn by sight words alone.  I am a total phonics girl and we have a strong phonics foundation in our Ready2Read curriculum and in our home.  In fact, my 3 year old loves to walk around the house and use beginning sounds on everything.  For example she today said, "Mommy, I /L/.../L/.../L/...LOVE /L/.../L/.../L/ Lily."   Lily is our 12 year old Shih-Tuz with terrible breath:)  She adores that dog!

Why do I place such an emphasis on sight words? 
I have heard people say, "I don't teach sight words, just phonics."  The problem with that statement is that although many sight words are phonetically decodable, they are not decodable with early phonics.  For example, the word the is phonetically decodable with more advanced phonics.  The use of the digraph th and the schwa sound will allow a reader to decode the words the.  Early readers do not have the phonics skills needed to decode these words.

Here are some sight word statistics:
*12 Sight Words make up 25% of those we read and write.
*100 Sight Words make up 50% of those we read and write.
*About 300 Sight Words account for 75% of those we read and write.

When students are able to read sight words automatically, they can better focus on phonetically decoding other words.  Their reading becomes more fluid and and they are able to better comprehend the text.  Kids who struggle to sound out every.single.word, are less confident and fluent readers.  

That being said, I like to make FUN products that help kids learn sight words...easily!

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Reagan Tunstall said...

Annie....I just love you. The sight word wallets are such a motivating item!!! You are the best!

Jackie said...

Ready2Read is certainly grandson loves it.

School Sparks Renee said...

Annie - I wholeheartedly agree with your take on sight words. Knowing some sight words really empowers children - they read with much more confidence when they don't have to stop and decode each word Love the money idea with the words! Renee

vicky1970 said...

Perfectly said it! Thanks for sharing, and as a first grade public school teacher I have to say I am in LOVE with your sight word watches. You rock friend. :o)
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landoflearning said...

I definitely agree with you about sight words. They are not everything but then neither is phonics. You need a good mixture of both. Trying to explain this to parents can be hard but once they do understand it, they always step up more to help their child learn those sight words! :)

Ashley Reed said...

I love all of your creative products! I can't wait to purchase some goodies and get started this summer with my daughter who will be entering Kindergarten. She is just starting to show a real interest in reading! I know she will love it all!!

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